MCCA This Week: May 29, 2020

This Week
May 29, 2020

...and that’s a wrap on May 2020. (Where did it go?) Now we transition to online summer classes, summer orientation programs, and retention/recruitment for fall.

Hopefully you’re able to step away from your home office setup and enjoy the summer months. But what exactly will summer vacation be like in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? Industry experts suspect people will start traveling by exploring their own backyard—day trips by car (or RV).

Staying home this summer? There’s plenty of bingeable content across Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video (did we miss one? *sarcasm*). BTW, do you know what the most popular TV show to binge-watch during quarantine in Missouri is? Well, it’s a tie between “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Ozark.”

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Conversations about COVID-19

  • The University of Oklahoma is designating a “back-up faculty” for classes who can step in should the main instructor fall ill with coronavirus. (NBC News)
  • Low-income students tend to rely on campus facilities for basic needs. Ultimately, colleges and universities will have to “re-envision their role” as not just schools but community resources. (Diverse: Issues In Higher Education)
  • A Twitter thread of marketing efforts with a pandemic twist.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic will affect reporting and historical trends in many data collections, leading some to speculate that data are no longer meaningful. (CC Daily)
  • About 65% of 18- to 24-year-olds say they have altered their education plans due to the coronavirus outbreak. Data show that younger adults are most likely to change their plans, but those who are 25 to 44, were more likely to cancel or delay their education. (Inside Higher Ed)

U.S. Education News

  • College counselors say that many high school students are strongly considering taking some kind of gap year; enrolling in a community college for their first year of classes to save money (with plans to later transfer to a four-year college); or getting a job to help their families, since so many parents have been laid off in recent months. (Life Kit from NPR)
  • Interested in serving on one of AACC's nine commissions? CEOs, vice presidents/vice chancellors, associate/assistant vice presidents/vice chancellors, and provosts from AACC-member colleges may apply by June 1. (CC Daily)
  • Enrollment in higher education continued to decline for the ninth year, a pre-pandemic survey finds. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center plans to issue another report in June that will reflect the impact of the campus shutdowns and use the new study as the baseline. (Forbes)

Missouri News

  • Governor Mike Parson is extending Phase 1 of Missouri's recovery plan, which was set to expire this Sunday. Phase 1 will now continue through Monday, June 15. (KSDK News)

College Headlines

  • East Central College received $1.6 million from the CARES Act to help with COVID-19 released expenses. (Emissourian)
  • North Central Missouri College will offer a free mini-class to help individuals interested in learning how to take online college courses. (KTTN-FM 92.3)
  • The traditional pomp and circumstance might have been sidelined by the coronavirus, but Mineral Area College's celebration of graduates' achievements continued. (Daily Journal Online)
  • Computer labs at Crowder College will be opening up for the first time since Spring break. (KSNF-TV/KODE-TV)
  • Students from Moberly Area Community College will be able to live on the Columbia College campus while taking MACC classes under a new partnership. (The Columbia Missourian)
  • Crowder College and Southwest Baptist University have finalized an articulation agreement that will allow students to seamlessly transfer from Crowder into SBU’s bachelor degree programs. (Joplin Globe)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Sick of Zoom calls? Try this Sims-style virtual world instead. Teooh wants to use video game-like avatars for professional meetings and conferences in an effort to mimic in-person interactions. 

That's all we've got for you today. Enjoy the weekend!

FYI: With us now transitioning to summertime, your weekly This Week will transition to bi-monthly. We're still here for you Monday through Thursday at [email protected].

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